Nigeria: Police Affirm Citizens’ Right to Record Officers on Duty in Nigeria
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
In a recent statement, the Nigeria Police Force clarified that citizens are within their rights to capture videos and photographs of police officers while they are on duty.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, addressed this matter through his social media handle in response to a user’s account of being extorted by police officers for recording them during a stop-and-search operation.
Adejobi emphasized that there is no legal offense associated with recording or taking pictures of police officers in the performance of their duties. The user, identified as @Boy_Cyril, shared his experience on social media, stating, “Sir, is it a crime to video during stop and search because I had to pay N10,000 for those officers to give me back my phone after taking it forcefully from me just now.”